Digital copy of the Witness Statement of [Witness 187] to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of his experiences in care at Haut de la Garenne and allegations of sexual abuse against Tony Watton. [Some details redacted]. Used as evidence in relation to Section 9 of Nicholas Griffin QC's Report [C/D/AW4/A5/26/WD008989] concerning Anthony Watton.

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September 27th 2008 - September 27th 2008

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Refers to his time in residence at Haut de la Garenne between 1969 and 1972. Outlines purpose of the statement being to provide further detail in respect of Tony Watton, further to his statement dated 1 April 2008. Provides details about Tony Watton, noting that he never married nor had children. Refers to Studio 18, Watton's art and framing shop business, established in 1973 originally as a small shop in Sand Street before moving to bigger premises in Beresford Street. Comments on Watton's wealth and success of his business, referring to his collection of fine art including acquisition of Lowry miniature paintings. States that Watton left £3,000,000 in cash to the lifeboat association upon his death, and owned a boat in St Helier Harbour which was sold for £265,000. Notes that there were four groups at Haut de la Garenne, all of which had Scottish names: the crèche, juniors, intermediates and seniors. Recalls that Morag Kidd was one of the house parents at Haut de la Garenne when [Witness 187] was in residence, referring to her relationship with Tony Watton. Describes how he thought that Watton used the opportunity of engaging in a relationship with Kidd in order to gain access to the home, commenting on lack fo affection and suspicion that Kidd was aware that Watton was sexually abusing young boys. States that although Watton was not employed at Haut de la Garenne, as a result of his association with Kidd he spent time there during events and holidays, mentioning a canoeing club run by Watton for Haut de la Garenne residents in the swimming pool at Fort Regent. Describes how Watton came on camping trips for residents during summer months, noting that he would stay at the campsite despite having no official capacity there. Also refers to another individual whom he believes was groomed by Watton. Includes comments about Watton's background and upbringing as the only son, stating that he was spoilt by his parents. States that Watton's parents bought him out of his contract with the Merchant Navy and he subsequently became involved in a skin diving school at Bouley Bay. Refers to life after leaving Haut de la Garenne, noting that he started an apprenticeship aged 15 before taking up employment elsewhere to earn more money, citing it as a means of escape from the constant sexual abuse that Tony Watton committed against him.


Griffin, Nicholas, QC
Kidd, Morag
Lowry, Laurence Stephen
Watton, Tony
Children's Services
Fort Regent
Haut de la Garenne
Operation Rectangle
Studio 18
States of Jersey Police


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